The amazing maca, super loaded with over 60 micronutrients. It's 40% potassium, 10% zinc (which is a great cold-buster), high in iron, phosphorus, magnesium and silica. It has vitamin A, B, C, D, E, B12, B1, 2 and 3 and contains 18 amino acids. So in a nutshell, this plant will rock you. It's the strongest root on earth and has been around for over 10,000 years. Listen, it the Inca used it, it's gotta be good. Then again they also partook in some bizarre rituals so maybe they're not a great example. It's a potent plant*, so use sparingly, ideally mixed with sweet treats like cacao desserts or fruit shakes. *do we need to remind you it's for oral consumption only?

Photo Cred Lisa It's been a gorgeous, sunny weekend and I can hear that blasted ice cream truck doing its lap around the neighbourhood. Peachsicle, Orangesicle OR Whateveryouwantsicle 2 cups nut milk 3 ripe peaches OR 2 med oranges 15 drops stevia 5 drops vanilla 1/2 tsp ground vanilla pods (optional but good) 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tray of ice, more or less Blend all ingredients adding ice one cube at a time until desired thickness. Play around, add nutrient dense superfoods like cacao and a bit of maca for a richer, chocolatey flavour. Cinnamon is said to lower blood sugar, which balances the fruit sugars and stevia sweetens without increasing the glycemic index of the treat! Win win, everybody's happy... except the driver of the ice cream truck.

The Goods Macashake Our macashake is full of energy packed ingredients and lots of antioxidants, omega 3s and protein naturally. It might even make you a slight bit randy, rumor has it maca was Viking viagra... so be ready! Macashake 2 tbsp chia seeds 2 cups water 1 tbsp maca 1 tbsp cacao 2 tbsp sweetener - i.e. xylitol, coconut sugar, honey 1/2 tbsp vanilla powder 1 tsp cinnamon dash ginger or cayenne Frozen fruit - i.e. pint strawberries or blueberries, banana and add ice if needed Put all ingredients in blender except frozen goods, blend on lowest setting to mix only and let sit for 15 minutes (so chia can soak) before blending on high speed until smooth. While on high add all frozen ingredients until desired consistency reached or mixture freezes. This is a great treat to take with you to work in a thermos, or for an outing on a sunny day. It also makes super tricky healthy popsicles for kids with a few alterations. The only reason I suggest taking out the cacao and maca for the kiddies is because they're high energy and most little ones don't need anymore of that! Kid Pops 2 tbsp chia seeds (OR 1/4 cup raw nuts like almonds, macadamia, pine) 2 cups water 2 tbsp honey 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp cinnamon dash ginger Frozen fruit - i.e. pint strawberries or blueberries, banana add ice as needed Follow same directions above, then fill popsicle molds or ice cube trays and freeze! And it's good for you!

Insteada Here's a recipe that's popular with the agency kids, like Teres who can't get enough of it! I don't blame her, it's delicious and a real pick me up first thing in the morning. I recommend having it cold, but using warm/hot water works too. It's packed with amazing nutrient dense, high energy super foods so probably not the best snack before bed. Insteada' Coffee Serves 2 1 cup of filtered water 1 tbsp chia seeds 2 tbsp raw cacao powder 3 tbsp coconut sugar 1 tsp maca 1/2 tsp cinnamon dash cayenne dash Himalayan pink salt 4-6 cubes of ice OR 1 cup hot water Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high until smooth. Add ice OR hot water, blend to desired consistency. Allowing the chia seeds to soak for 15 minutes before blending will provide a silky smoothie texture.